The Love of Devotion: Book 2 of Love, Devotion, and Longing

The Love of Devotion is the result of several decades of spiritual work. It began the day I first opened the metaphysical door and stepped into a world which, although only minimally understood at the time, was strongly desired. Metaphysics is concerned with the ultimate, primary, inner aspects of existence. It does not see life in material terms but sees life in terms of thought and it has a strong emphasis on healing. Everyone’s greatest need is for the healing and wholeness which spiritual awareness brings. However, we are often reluctant to commit to it. We, eventually, must come to the realisation that the purpose of our life is to align with our spiritual nature. Try as we do to find other options, there are no viable alternatives which will withstand the inevitable consequences of misplaced loyalties and loves. It is the way for us to find our soul-home.

As students of life, we seek both relief from suffering and growth of happiness. Deeply considering uplifting ideas raises our consciousness from the realm of the material problem into the powerful and harmonious realm of the spiritual. It is what a dedicated spiritual practice is all about. We give up our own ideas, hurts, fears, and grudges and concede to the Greater. We expand and we heal. It becomes apparent that it would be impossible to feel alone as we are intimately connected to a thriving life-force. It is everything, yet, it is nothing. It grows silently and steadily. We are already it and It is already us. We continue to go forward with our spiritual practices and these practices increasingly envelop us in loveliness. We come out the other side as a transparent being; nameless but with the mark of God.

This edition of The Love of Devotion includes quotes, at the end of each chapter, which were in the original edition and were meaningful to me at the time of writing.

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Introduction

Chapter 1: In Search of Truth – The Nature of Spiritual Teachers

Existential Crisis, Breath of God, 

Past Teachers, Like Attracts Like, Physicians of the Soul, Nonduality, Spiritual Teachers, Who Chooses Who, Energetic Attraction, The Design of the Patchwork, Energetic Field of the Teacher, Alignment or Misalignment, Dedication to Truth Not Personality, God-Confirmatory Not Self-Confirmatory, Transformation, Breaking the Ties, Choosing Our Battles, God is Sufficient, Leaving the Nest, Our First Spiritual Teacher, One Grand Brotherhood,

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Chapter 2: The Sweetness of Love – Moving From Complete to Complete

Scale of Consciousness, Energy Field of Love,

Glowing, Willingness,

Nice is Not Always Nice, Contentment,

Family Tension, Good Grace,

Taking the Lead,

Spoiling, Our Primary Responsibility,

Relationship Status, Transitions,

Intimacy, Currents of the Sea, Attractiveness as an Energy Field,

Transforming Sexual Energy, Rising Life-Force, Servants of God

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Chapter 3: Grist for the Mill – Working Through Issues

Spiritual Work, Crises and Resistance, Release and Balance,

Group Healing,

Repression, Raving Lunatics to Peaceful Warriors,

Pride, Pride Goes Before the Fall, Depression,

Courage, All Fear is Fallacious

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Chapter 4: Healing – A Sacred Path

Living Prayer, Miracles,

Karmic Propensities,

Attitude of Heart, Transformative Commitment, Nothing is Left Hidden, Freedom in Forgetting,

Continuum of Evolution, Self-Love, Discernment,

Spiritual Evolution, Finding Our Prize,

Tragedy, No Laws But God’s

No Martyrs Please

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Chapter 5: Simple Pleasures – Home

Little Oakey, Solitude and Civilization, Get Back on the Horse,

Cottage by the Sea, Focus on What is Alive,

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Chapter 6: Silence – A Source of Great Strength

Quiet, Peaceful Centre,

Dedicated Quiet Time,

Commonality of Thought,

Spiritual Withdrawal, A Fresh Universe, Semi-Invisible, Rite of Passage, Nonpersonal, Intelligent Love, Solitary Confinement, In the Midst of Humanity,

The Mystic, Favours From God, Living in Two Realms, End of Thinking, Past and Future,

Pursuit of Enlightenment, Renunciation of Mental Positions,

Gratitude,

Being Loving,

Seeking the Sacred,

The Heart of Reality

Devotion,

Peace,

Surrender, Grace, Greatest Gift,

Surrender Prayer

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